Astrology

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QUESTION 1: WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND DETERMINING HOROSCOPES EVERY DAY? IS THERE ONE?

This is really a three-part question:
A) Is there a scientific basis for astrology?
B) Is there any validity to a daily forecast?
C) Is astrology a science or an art?

ANSWER A)
There is no scientific basis for astrology. There are many theories, but, as yet, none proven.

Research has been and continues to be done in various universities across the world.

Back in the day – the late 1800’s when the age of spiritualism came about - astrologers believed the planets emitted rays that penetrated earth’s magnetic field. In this way we absorbed the planetary essences, and responded to them in much the same way as we might to music.

This idea is not so far removed from Pythagoras’ theory of the Harmony of the Spheres (circa 570-495 BC). Pythagoras discovered that the pitch of a musical note is related to the length of the string that produces it, and that intervals between harmonious sound frequencies form simple numerical ratios. Based on this discovery Pythagoras proposed that the sun and moon and the planets emit their own unique ‘notes’ based on their orbits, and that life on earth resonates with these celestial sounds.

In his book, “The Scientific Proof of Astrology”, Dr Percy Seymour, former lecturer in astronomy and astrophysics at Plymouth University, has taken another look at these theories and suggested that the Earth’s magnetic field is affected by the sun and moon and the planets: "It means the whole solar system is playing a symphony on the Earth's magnetic field. We are all genetically tuned to receive a different set of melodies from this symphony.”

Astrology has been with us for thousands of years. Its earliest origins are to be found in ancient Sumeria (now Iraq) and date from roughly 3500 BC. In those times only the wisest and most celebrated minds studied astrology: their calculations of the planetary movements were made without the benefit of modern scientific instruments, yet they are accurate to the minute. The three wise men from the East were almost certainly astrologer-priests.

The Sumerians taught astrology to the Babylonians. Ptolemy and others learned astrology from the Babylonians; and we learned it from them.

Thus, we modern astrologers are following a great tradition.

ANSWER B)
A general sun-sign forecast, whether daily, weekly, monthly or yearly pales in comparison to a horoscope set up for an individual using his or her date, time and place of birth. That being said, when a general daily forecast is made, it is still based on the planets’ positions on any given day. My approach to sun-sign work is to examine the configurations on a certain day, week or year, and interpret them from 12 different perspectives. I take my work very seriously, and even with the limitations of sun-sign astrology I believe a general forecast has a purpose.
To those who accuse astrologers of making it up, ask: is it easier to make up streams of text every day or to have something to describe – i.e. the positions of the planets and the angular relationships between them?

ANSWER C)
Astrology is scientific in the way a horoscope is generated. The precise positions of the planets are necessary to set up a horoscope. A horoscope wheel is a ‘real’ thing. However, astrologers depart from scientists the moment they declare that the planets and a horoscope have any meaning in the sense of influencing character and destiny.

Astrology is really and truly an art.





Penny Thornton

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